Harry Aitken

About/Bio

Harry Aitken is an international legal adviser at Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He previously worked as Judge James Crawford’s Judicial Fellow at the International Court of Justice and in private practice at MinterEllison. He has an LLM from the University of Cambridge and a BA and LLB (Hons) from the Australian National University. The views expressed in Harry’s contributions to this blog are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of any institution with which he is or has been affiliated.

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The Duties of a Government International Legal Adviser

Although we may not like to be reminded of it, international lawyers start out as domestic lawyers. When being admitted to practice in a particular jurisdiction, we are taught that lawyers owe duties not only to clients, but also to domestic courts and the interests of justice (‘institutional duties’). These institutional duties are hierarchically superior: faced with a…

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